East Norfolk Sixth Form college principal to retire in April

WOMEN will be at the forefront of higher education in Great Yarmouth at Easter when East Norfolk Sixth Form College principal, Laurie Poulson, retires after 43 years in education.

Daphne King, who is currently the deputy principal of the college will start her new role on April 16.

Her appointment will mean two women are spearheading higher education in the borough with Penny Wycherley, who is principal at Yarmouth College.

Mrs King, who has worked in education in the borough for more than 30 years will take over from Mr Poulson, who is stepping down after leading the Gorleston-based college for 13 years.

During his time at the college, student numbers almost tripled and there have been a series of new buildings to provide ever improving resources.

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Before taking over at East Norfolk in 1999, Mr Poulson was the deputy principal of Bexhill Sixth Form College in East Sussex and before that he had spells at colleges and schools in Huddersfield, Manchester, London and Essex.

He said: 'I have been privileged to have had the opportunity to lead such a strong college.

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'Our success has been based on talented and dedicated staff who have worked so hard to help so many students reach their full potential in so many areas of academic study and extra-curricular activities.

'There is so much natural talent in our young people and it is always encouraging to see that recognised on the regional and national stage.

'I am grateful to the college governors who have provided such support over the years and I know that as Daphne takes over after Easter, the college will remain in good hands.'

Mr Poulson plans to spend his retirement enjoying his interests which include rock climbing and being the secretary of the Norwich branch of the British cactus and succulent society.

East Norfolk Sixth Form College has been in the top 20 colleges nationally for average A level points per student every year since the year 2000 and has been the East of England's top college for competitive sport for the last five years.

Mrs King started her career as head of music at Gorleston Grammar School in the late 1970s after training at King's College in London.

She added: 'I have every reason to be delighted. The Governors have entrusted me with the responsibility of taking this college forward as the next principal, following a highly successful era under Laurie Poulson's expertise and leadership. I feel honoured by this appointment.

'I am totally committed to education and I bring dedication and passion to the job.'

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